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Falcons take wild 34-22 win
RUMFORD -- Instead of using a pragmatic theory, Mountain Valley reverted back to tried and true measures to remain unbeaten in a Class B Campbell Conference football game Friday night.
Matt Hosie rushed for 145 yards, with a three-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put the Falcons ahead and then the defense stiffened to secure a wild 34-22 triumph against York at Chet Bulger Field.
The see-saw affair featured two teams who lined up and played smash mouth football. The final quarter emphasized the hard-hitting performances and ultimately came down to execution and desire.
Mountain Valley (5-0) was trailing after three quarters but they then engineered a 13-play drive. Hosie ran behind the middle off the offensive line for the eventual winning TD. Izaak Mills kicked the extra point for a 26-22 lead.
“We gutted it out and made the plays when we had to,” said MV coach Jim Aylward. “This was just an awesome game by both teams and both sides should be proud of their efforts.”
Duguay had a TD run in third quarter. York’s Sean Kelly (154 yards, 34 rushes) ran over the Falcons, who were positioned back too far. Quarterback Wesley Warner scored his second one-yard TD to give the Wildcats a 22-19 lead in the third quarter.
“We didn’t come out with enough intensity,” said Hosie. “In the second half, we needed to double our intensity level in order to turn things around.”
The Wildcats last win over the Falcons was the 2005 regional final in Rumford.
MV punter Devon Hamel had pinned the Wildcats back on their own 17 and tackle Santos Rodriguez recovered a fumble. The jubilation was shortlived because the Falcons coughed up the ball with 2:21 left to play. York was forced to pass and Isaac Roberts returned an interception to the one-yard line. Two plays later, Mills scored and QB Radcliffe passed for the conversion.
“York is a good team,” said Mills. “We had switched to a 53, but went back to our 44 bread and butter on defense. Our conditioning paid off in the fourth quarter because we were fresh.”
Mountain Valley, possessors of the highest-scoring offense in Western B, relied on their dominating running game (269 yards), behind center Scot Nicols, and guards Ryan Glover and Nate Nicols.
Kyle Duguay (100 yards, 18 rushes) and Hosie scored on 16 and 12 yard runs in the first half. York countered with two TDs to lead 14-13 at halftime.
“We were more disciplined tonight,” said Hamel said, who recorded a late sack to help seal the deal.